Double Take: Before & After Antique Mirror

For a few months I’ve had this large ornate plastic wooden frame sitting in the corner of my bedroom with no purpose. I didn’t like it in its natural state, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to paint it a bold color, nor if I even wanted to keep it! That’s when I decided to see if I could give it a silver antique appearance. Here’s a few before pictures:

How to make a mirror look antique
How to make a mirror look antique

The picture on the right shows after I unscrewed the mirror from the frame so I wouldn’t have to worry about getting spray paint on the mirror.

Now for the lovely after:

How to make a mirror look antique

I’ll share some tips in case anyone is interested in how I achieved this look.

First, I wiped the dust from the frame, skipped the primer and spray painted it with Rust-Oleum Silver Metallic Spray Paint. I think it’s under $5.
How to make a mirror look antique

It looks better already, don’t you agree?! The spray paint covered amazingly well and it only took one coat. Once it was dry I prepared my tools to give it an “antique” appearance. The picture below shows the tools used: black craft paint diluted with water, napkins to wipe off excess “glaze” and a rubber glove (which I forgot to put on so I have black residue in my nails). I rubbed the wannabe glaze on generously and wiped it off quickly using a q-tip to get into the crevices. I repeated this until I got the desired effect.

How to make an antique mirror

Just because I love it so much here are some more pictures of the lovely mirror.


How to make an antique mirror

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25 Responses to Double Take: Before & After Antique Mirror

  1. Katie @ Wildwood Creek

    Beautiful transformation!

    • Kahli

      Thanks Katie! Now If only I can figure out where to put it or who to give it to.

  2. Pamela

    Looks fantastic! What type of glaze did you use?

    • Kahli

      I diluted black craft paint with water. I didn’t want to buy glaze so I used what I had on hand

  3. Rosemary

    Much better. You did a great job. It has a richer appearance now.

    • Milla

      Yes that’s what we love about it. It’s richer appearance photographs better too. Keeping things in it’s old wooden state is so 2010 lol. Thanks for commenting Rosemary!

  4. cassie

    gorgeous! again the color is fabulous, and the aged lookis beautiful with those details.

    • Milla

      Aww thank you very much Cassie. Love your blog by the way.

  5. Cassie @ Rustic Raspberry

    This is great! I’ve been looking for the right finish for my night stands, and I think I’ll use your technique! Love the outcome! Thanks for visiting my blog too! :)

    • Kahli

      Thanks Cassie! I’ll be visiting more often. I love what you do with your furniture pieces. I can’t wait to see how the technique works out for you!

  6. Vickie

    Great job, it looks wonderful.

    • Kahli

      Thanks Vickie! I appreciate it! Off to visit your blog now :)

  7. brandi

    This looks great. I really like what you did w/your mirror!

    • Kahli

      Thanks Brandi! I thought I’d give it a try and I’m glad I did.

  8. Kristin

    It looks fantastic! I’ve been wanting to try this on something…at least now I know how good it’ll look! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    • Kahli

      Thank you for stopping by Kristin. Sometimes I leave so many comments that I forget which blogs I visited haha. I’d love to see how it comes out.

  9. Jenny

    Wow, they look incredible!!

    Thanks for stopping by too!

    • Kahli

      Thank you Jenny :). And no problem I’ll be stopping by more often since I’ve just discovered what a nice blog you have.

  10. gail

    Your mirror looks great! I love the glazing.

  11. Beverly {Flamingo Toes}

    Your Mirror is just gorgeous!! I love the transformation. Thanks so much for linking up to Think Pink Sundays – I featured you today!! :)

    • Kahli

      Oh wow thank you Beverly! We really appreciate it :). I have my button up too.


    love the mirror, great redo

  13. Rita Schlotman

    If using glaze, would you suggest mixing with flat black or gloss black paint? Ratio? I, too, would like to use what I have on hand.

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    Thanks Brandi! I thought I’d give it a try and I’m glad I did.

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